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She Don’t Look Like No Jazz Player! May 25, 2014

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That got your attention, didn’t it? It was in reference to a conversation I had the other day with another artist and the topic was music. I play the flute, spent three years working on jazz pieces, and had the idea that I might play casually with some other folks. I’ve played the flute for many, many years and somewhere along the way we decide what we are going to specialize in.

For me there was no question; it was going to be JAZZ! I love jazz music, Miles Davis, Coltrane, Django Reinhardt, Claude Bolling…..many others. They are my inspirations and as much as I haven’t played a lot of jazz, I always enjoy listening to it, no matter who is playing.

So in art as in music I look to many other wonderfully talented people for ways to improve whatever I am doing. In art if one continues that journey, people go through continuous cycles of growth and change. Just when you feel like you’ve got a handle on your technique, something in what you are painting ‘asks’ you, no, TELLS you that you have to go another direction. This urge pushes you along, sometimes joyfully and other times reluctantly dragging you into fits of frustration and digging your heels in. This is when we often feel like we don’t know anything. But it is simply a phase of growth and refinement that continually polishes our skills, albeit with some nudging.

In my artistic journey currently I am exploring painting florals, something I have wanted to do since I was a child artist. I just couldn’t enter that field however, because I did not believe I could ever capture the delicacy of a flower. As in music, I dragged my feet for years until now. I decided that I had come a long way and I had become very accomplished with other things I had once felt I would not be able to do, and it was at least worth the try.

I went shopping and came home with pots of pansies, bundles of tulips, and more pots of other Spring flowers. So began the many weeks of failures and even more failures. The paintings were just not coming out the way I had imagined I wanted to paint them. Now lets be clear in saying that I am still not proficient in this, however I stuck it out over the past several months (which is why I have not done any posts since December) and I think I am finally getting there. So I offer this image as a result of my hard work. Oh, and by the way, the music? Well, I didn’t get anywhere with Jazz….I am specializing in Baroque Period Music, and I am a natural at it!

Pansies In the Garden

Pansies In the Garden


A Painter’s Painter – John Singer Sargent October 8, 2011

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One of my favorite artists is John Singer Sargent. He was born in 1856 and died in 1925. He was a very talented and prolific artist having done over 900 oils and more than 2,000 watercolors along with countless charcoal sketches and endless graphite drawings, all between 1877 and 1925.  He painted 2 United States Presidents, aristocracy of Europe, and barons of business – Rockefeller, Sears, Vanderbilt, along with gypsies, children, and tramps, all with the same passion.

Carnation Lily, Lily rose

I would like to have you share in this wealth of great works. Here is the link to probably the most comprehensive collection of John Singer Sargent’s works spanning his entire life. http://www.jssgallery.org

Click on ‘Major Paintings’ – here is where you will get a quick look at some of Sargent’s major pieces which link to essays explaining why he did that painting.

Click on ‘Chronology Thumbnails‘ – here is the main body of this site gallery. It starts the year he was born (1856) and runs until his death (1925). It concisely outlines his life story and show the paintings he did each year.

If that doesn’t give you enough of him, here’s another link, The John Singer Sargent Method of Painting – YouTube – www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyVCfMdKxWs – Paul DuSold, a Philadelphia artist, explains the John Singer Sargent method.